Komodo Liveaboard Diving, Indonesia
Komodo, home to the Komodo Dragon, has a fantastic variety of scuba diving adventures. Beautiful reefs, schooling fish, exciting drift dives, big marine life and amazing critters – Komodo has it all!
Komodo Liveaboard Diving offers a fantastic variety of scuba diving adventures. Komodo National Park covers a large area and so a liveaboard is a perfect way to explore this exciting destination.
Komodo has it all! Beautiful reefs, schooling fish exciting drift dives, big marine life and amazing critters. Excellent dive sites are plentiful in this great dive destination.
Komodo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was also recently declared as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. A liveaboard cruise is the perfect way to experience the fascinating and unique dive area of Komodo.
These volcanic islands are home to the world’s most giant lizard – the Komodo Dragon. These large lizards do not exist anywhere else in the world. Liveaboards offer land excursions to one of the ranger stations in the National Park to see these living dinosaurs.
Take a look at the Liveaboard Cruise options below.
Komodo Liveaboard Diving, Indonesia - 75 LIVEABOARDS
Komodo Shalom Liveaboard in Indonesia cruises the Komodo area and is an ideal vessel for the budget-minded travellers who want some flexibility on their cruises. She is a comfortable vessel updated to modern standards and run by a very eco-friendly dive operation since 2015. At 24m in length, she can carry up to 16 guests in two cabin types. Her cruise itineraries offer some great flexibility for both short and longer visits to north Komodo.Book Now
The magnificent Blue Manta liveaboard in Indonesia offers a once in a lifetime experience. Stable, spacious and safe, Blue Manta is fully equipped to take you on an incredible diving adventure in the magical waters of Indonesia. Measuring 45m by 9m, this steel hulled vessel accommodates 18-22 guests. The 14 beautifully furnished en suite cabins average 20 sqm in size. Relaxed al fresco dining is available, while finer meals are served in air-conditioned comfort. 24-hour satellite Wi-Fi is available on board.Book Now
Divers looking for a genuinely intimate liveaboard experience will be delighted to discover Mantra in Indonesia, a 23m boat with scheduled trips to Raja Ampat, Komodo, the Forgotten Islands and across the Banda Sea. Only six divers per trip mean that you can expect highly personalised and attentive service. Environmentally conscious divers will appreciate that Mantra was designed to be eco-friendly, with state-of-the-art solar panels and a high-efficiency inverter that allow her to run most of the time without using generators.Book Now
Komodo is located between two Oceans, the Pacific Ocean in the north and the Indian Ocean in the South. Two completely different marine environments, with amazing biodiversity from the North part, to the South part of the park in one trip.
Komodo is one of the New7Wonders of Nature and a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Komodo National Park was declared a nature reserve in 1965. It is situated between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores and consists of three main islands - Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller ones. Komodo Island itself is the most prominent island in the park.
Best Places to Dive in Komodo
Komodo has such a wide variety of dive sites within the National Park. We have highlighted some of the best dive sites in the next section.
North Komodo features pinnacles dives full of fish, exhilarating drift dives over stunning coral reefs and immaculate hard coral reefs. Central Komodo dive sites are in the vast channel created by Komodo and Flores islands. Here the mass movement of water on each tide attracts large schools of fish and lots of manta rays. South Komodo dive sites differ to the other parts of the park, in the species of corals and fish that you can see.
There are also other areas that some liveaboards will include during a Komodo cruise. Gili Banta is an island is located to the west, and just outside, the Komodo National Park. Sangeang Volcano, off the northeast coast of Sumbawa Island, is an active volcano. Bima, on the island of Sumbawa, is a busy port and the black sands of the bay product brilliant critter diving.
You can read about the diving in Komodo and learn about the dive sites in more detail on our Komodo Dive Sites page.
Best Dives Sites in Komodo
In Komodo it is easy for liveaboards to cover a vast variety of dive sites. Many of the further away dive areas, such as Padar Island and the south of Rinca and Komodo Islands are only visited by liveaboards. Here are some of the best dive sites in Komodo. You can more about these places and more in the Komodo Dive Sites section.
Castle Rock & Crystal Rock
These two famous pinnacles are located in the fantastic Komodo National Park. You won’t be able to see the rocks for all the fish that are in the way! Schooling fish, eagle rays and reef sharks make for an exciting dive.
Cannibal Rock, on the south of Rinca Island, is a pinnacle full of incredible corals and fish life. Coral encrusted mini walls around the dive site provide perfect hideouts for giant frogfish, many types of nudis and pygmy seahorses.
This pinnacle in the middle of the Komodo Flores channel has immaculate hard coral gardens in the shallows. Reef sharks and big schools of fish can be encountered here.
Usually a drift dive, the currents here bring out the orange soft corals covering the sea floor. Turtles love the hard corals in the shallows. Batfish, snappers and anthias in their thousands create a very colourful dive.
Manta rays in their numbers can be encountered here, on the south of Komodo island. The dramatic rocks create an alley where manta rays come to swim, clean and feed.
This long stretch of rocky rubble with some coral outcrops provides cleaning stations for manta rays. Manta rays also like to feed here, making it an incredible snorkelling experience too.
Torpedo Alley is a great day dive, but many liveaboards love it as a night dive. The black sand hosts many weird and wonderful creatures that feature on many diver’s critter bucket list.
This dive site is well-known partly because the sand on the beach in front is pink! A popular dive site due to the pretty corals on the small wall, healthy hard corals in the shallows and the fish life living here.
Komodo Scuba Diving Highlights
- Common Sightings – reef sharks, big schools of fish, turtles, frogfish and many unique macro critters.
- Special Sightings – manta rays, dugongs, dolphins, Rhinopias, mimic and wunderpus octopus.
- Topography – Vastly different underwater terrain can be discovered in Komodo. Above water the islands are dramatic in their rockiness and how barren and dry they are.
- Visibility – The visibility changes according to the season. In the summer months, the north usually experiences 25+ metres, while in the south the visibility can be less, around 10-15 metres. In the winter it is the opposite!
- General Information – All levels of divers can join a Komodo cruise. Good buoyancy control is necessary to enjoy the critter hunting in the black sand. Komodo is known for its currents, but all dive sites are accessible to both beginner and more advanced divers.
- Onboard Options – Land excursion to see the Komodo Dragon at one of the ranger stations on Komodo or Rinca Islands. Walks to viewpoints over the islands of Komodo National Park. Village visit to Komodo Village. Beach visits – particularly to Pink Beach to see the pink sand!
Best Time to Go
Liveaboards in Komodo run for the entire year because every month promises terrific diving. Most liveaboards are there during the high season in the summer. The majority of liveaboards cruise in Komodo from May until November.
November to March is the rainy season. There can be rougher surface conditions in the north of Komodo National Park from January to March. In July and August there can be rough seas in the southern parts of the park. The weather rarely interferes with liveaboard cruises as the north and south have very different sea conditions. There are always dive sites that are accessible.
Some liveaboards are based in Komodo all year round. During the winter months, warm water comes up from the south, and you can dive at the southern sites in blue, clear water. Whereas, during the summer months, the best visibility is in the north of the park.
How to Get There
Many of the liveaboards operate out of Labuanbajo. Labuanbajo is on the west side of Flores island. You will need to fly into Komodo airport in Labuanbajo (LBJ). There are direct flights from Bali (DPS) or Jakarta (CGK).
Other liveaboard boats operate out of Bima (BMU) on Sumbawa Island. There are direct flights from Bali (DPS).
If you would like to avoid domestic flights, some liveaboards depart from and arrive back to Bali. Others may embark in Bali and disembark in Bima or Labuanbajo. Therefore, only one local flight is necessary.